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Johnta Austin Talks New Album, Gives Props To Alicia Keys
Written by Ifè Oshun   

johntapubbyline by Donna Prima, interview by Ifè Oshun

26 year-old Johnta (pronounced zhan-tay) Austin is a Grammy-winning songwriter who made a name for himself penning hits such as Toni Braxton's "Just Be A Man (About It)" (2000), Aaliyah's "Miss You (I Miss You)" (2002), Mariah Carey's mega-hit "We Belong Together" (2005) and one of the biggest hits of 2006, Mary J Blige's "Be Without You."

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Top 10 Dearly Departed: R&B/Soul And Rap/Hip-hop Deaths In 2006
Written by Ifè Oshun and Staff   

Gerald LevertThis has been a doozy of a year for R&B, soul and rap/hip-hop celebrity deaths. The sheer caliber of talent on this list, compiled December 1, was already awesome as it features seminal names such as Billy Preston, Ruth Brown and Lou Rawls.

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Remembering Wilson Pickett
Written by Donna Prima   
wilsonpickettBorn in Prattville, Alabama, March 18, 1941, Wilson Pickett was raised by an abusive mother and was the youngest of 11 children. He moved to Detroit at the age of fourteen to live with his father.
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Remembering Gerald Levert - R&B Royalty Goes Home
Written by Ifè Oshun and West Brown   
 Gerald Levert was commonly referred to as "R&B royalty," but the son of Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Eddie Levert, legendary lead singer of the O'Jays, was a success in his own right with hits such as "I Swear" and "I'd Give Anything," as part of the group Levert and as a member of LSG (Levert, Keith Sweat and Johnny Gill).
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The Memorable Life of Billy Preston
Written by Michelle Cavanaugh   
billypreston_olderBilly Preston was involved in every spectrum of the entertainment industry for the past five decades. He worked with some of the most renowned artists in the music business, including The Jackson Five, Barbara Streisand, the Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, Sammy Davis, Jr., and most notably, the Beatles. It’s no wonder that the death of this 59-year old genius came as an utter and horrific shock to millions around the world.
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